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Sizzlin’ 7 with Hope Couture Bridal

Brand new to our Fashion Denver world,  is Alissa Hope with Hope Couture Bridal, bringing her beautiful veils to our 13th Anniversary fashion bonanza taking place June 16th

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

A framed poster of “L’instant Taittinger”

Hope Bridal Couture
Hope Bridal Couture

What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I have always dreamed of working for myself doing what I love.  Watching brides walk down the aisle in their dream look makes my heart melt and you can’t buy that feeling.

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

The late Alexander McQueen

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Sizzlin’ 6 with Chelsea Bashford, Forever Stranger

I ran into Chelsea Bashford earlier this month and perused her pop up Forever Stranger that she had at Dateline. Every item that she carried was a true treasure that brought back memories. Chelsea and I have known each other from around town, but now we actually get to spend some together as she pops up at our Fashion Denver 13th Anniversary Bonanza! 

Chelsea Bashford's Forever Strangers vintage pop up
Chelsea Bashford’s Forever Stranger vintage pop up. This was after a weekend long pop up and even the leftovers were pretty amazing!

What inspired your pop up? 

"Cutest human alive that fits perfectly into all my clothing."- Chelsea Bashford of Forever Stranger
“Cutest human alive that fits perfectly into all my clothing.”- Chelsea Bashford of Forever Stranger

Forever Stranger is about creating an environment where people can find clothing soulmates and play dress up.  It all started in my living room where I’d invite everyone over to listen to music and try on clothing.  It was fun.  It was weird. People loved it.  

Since then Ive had pop up shops in a variety of space including galleries, venues, and DIY Spaces in Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles and it’s always a great time.  

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Sizzlin’ 6 with Serana Rose

Serana Rose. Photo by BrinnyD

We are so excited to have this talented artist, designer and performer at our Fashion Denver Anniversary Bonanza! Serana Rose is  such a colorful and unique individual and to see her personality shine in the designs she makes will surely add a splash of color to our event!

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember?

My infatuation with unique fashion began during childhood.  I grew up on a angora goat farm where my mother taught me to sew, spin, weave, and card fibers.   These skills were useful in toy making as a kid, but when I got older I found a way to apply these skills to what I really love…making awesome clothes and accessories!

When I was about 10, I started obsessing over models flaunting gorgeous costumes in high fashion magazines.   I went to my first fashion show as a preteen.  Seeing these extraordinary handmade costumes and confident women sparkling on the runway changed the way I looked at wearing clothes. I saw this as a great form of self-expression and discovered that through fashion I can transform myself into all sorts of magic.

My mother supported this new found love.  She and I would look through designer catalogs for inspiration and create impressive looks for me to wear to school.  Stores in my small town did not carry anything close to the items I was wearing to school, thus spawned the monstrosity of Born Ugli Fashion.

Serana Rose at Fashion Denver's bonanza!
Serana Rose at Fashion Denver’s bonanza!

What motivated you to start your own fashion business?

Nothing makes me happier than an over-the-top fashion look.  My college major was Fashion Design, however I pursued a career in performance art.  I toured 7 years with the daredevil act called Show Devils.  While dangerous chainsaw stunts are great for grabbing an audience’s attention, a good corset will keep them watching. Sewing on the road kept me busy and happy.  I have tailored many costumes for performers and still sell Born Ugli fashion items at my shows.  You can catch my current sideshow act, Scissor Sweethearts, at the Denver County Fair this year.

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

David Bowie will forever be the fashion icon I love most.  He has inspired me greatly with his androgynous fashion and his ability to transcend so many decades with a brilliant style matched with great jams.

I really like people with iconic fashion accessories.  It makes them memorable.  When you think Alice Cooper, you think of his snake.  Flavor Flave’s hilarious clock necklace collection, Michael Jackson’s white rhinestone glove, and Hello Kitty’s iconic bow….

…I am aware that they are all men except one is a cartoon character.  As far as female influences, I would have to say RuPaul is a very beautiful woman and has me hooked on runway looks… 

Born Ugli Photo by Sean Hartgrove
Born Ugli Photo by Sean Hartgrove

What inspires your designs?

Since I have led a freakishly charmed life of cheating death and wearing fabulous clothes, I have gathered much inspiration from characters I have met along the way.  I like to make clothes with as much personality as the person wearing them without overpowering… I think crazy loud styles should come off in a natural, organic way.  I love using flowers, natural fibers, recycled denim, lace, upholstery fabric, bridal rhinestones, dyes and pearls. 

My goal is to embody the classic simplicity of 1930’s burlesque, the free spirit and wild mannerisms of the 1960’s, the campy horror and glamour of the 80’s, the nonchalant attitude of the 90’s, and terror-able spelling-error slang of the 2000’s.  Yah dig?  Born Ugli?  Doughp. 

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver?

I am not sure about the fashion industry here…  I may have only slightly tapped into it. 

I have lived here a short time and mostly submerged myself in the tattoo, horror and freak show genres.   I have noticed people dress fairly conservatively and enjoy marijuana related fashion items, which I can’t argue with.  Denver seems to love creative types and has embraced my art with a smile.  I think I will stay forever.

What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why?

One of my favorite pieces to design was the tails suit jacket I made for the Illustrated Penguin.  He is a natural born wonder without arms.  He is 4’3”…the exact height of an emperor penguin.  Made with black shiny ornate satin to represent a shiny penguin, and specially tailored for a unique person.  I loved the challenge of unusual measurements and the fact i didn’t have to worry about making sleeves.

Art by Serana Rose
Art by Serana Rose

3 Things if stranded on an island?

All I would need is (besides a boat to get the hell out of there) is a great stash of green tea, my itunes playlists, and a pep squad of cute boys to keep my spirits up.

Sizzlin’Summer questions with Brian “Scoop” Nemeth

Brian "Scoop" Nemeth in his signature Broncos blazer sporting his Colorado spirit.
Brian “Scoop” Nemeth in his signature Broncos blazer sporting his Colorado spirit.

It was about late 2011 when Brian “Scoop” Nemeth came into Fashion Denver’s boutique sharing his idea and drawings for his line of swimsuits that he wanted to create.  I’ve seen him work relentlessly on his dream and it has been amazing to see it come to fruition. We are honored to feature Scoop at our fashion bonanza on June 16th!

Besides being an innovative designer, Brian has raised awareness about people living with autism and aspergers and he does it through taking action in his passions.

“Even though I have asperger’s/autism, it has not limited my ability to be a productive citizen and contributing member of society,” says Brian.

He’s got a GoFundMe campaign running to raise money to continue his dream in fashion. Check it out here…

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember?

Dress code back in high school, which inspired me to think of a way to balance between (a) following the dress code and making females comfortable and (b) enjoy what I love seeing on a woman

When I was in my sophomore and junior year of high school, I took a swim class, which was a requirement for graduation. A few female classmates wanted to wear bikinis, and we male classmates wanted to see them in two-pieces. But again, with the dress code, our swim teacher suggested either one-pieces or long t-shirts. Then, when I looked at summer swimwear issues, I saw one-pieces with belly cutouts. I thought that would be awesome for females in swim class. The only thing I would add is the speedo racerback in the back of the suit. That’s just what I did with the ONEderkini.

Brian "Scoop" Nemeth designs the ONEderkini
Brian “Scoop” Nemeth designs the ONEderkini

What motivated you to start your own fashion business?

As a transfer student at Metro State College of Denver, I need a backup plan in case broadcast journalism doesn’t come to pass after graduation. But that’s not the only reason for starting a fashion business

One motivation is offering a less-degrading alternative to the garments that show cleavage, buttocks, under the hood.

I designed garments like primetime newscasts, consumer stories and morning traffic reports…save her time and money. Suppose if a female banker wants to go clubbing after work. How it saves her time is that she won’t have to go home, and change from business suit to clubbing clothes. She can beat the traffic in a blazer, lowrider dress pants with a crop top.

But the big motivation…offer an alternative to what the media thinks looks great on a woman…counteracting the media’s portrayal of beauty. Not all women are built like tall skinny supermodels, nor are women comfortable wearing in-your-face scantily clad attire

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

Chuck Hagel, former Secretary of Defense

https://www.buzzfeed.com/hayesbrown/farewell-chuck-hagel-fashion-icon?utm_term=.xvZ9JeBkx#.qcqK9EeYl

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Brian “Scoop” Nemeth’s fashion icon Chuck Hagel

As you can see, Hagel’s way of dressing was more outside-the-box, like I am.

What inspires your designs?

Brian "Scoop" Nemeth's ONEderkini. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer. Models Maya and Haley.
Brian “Scoop” Nemeth’s ONEderkini. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer. Models Maya and Haley.

For one thing, women are not all built like tall skinny supermodels. I’ve grown to like women showing some skin, no matter what body type, breast size and body height. I’ve got to cater my designs to their bodies.

I’ve got to keep children in mind. First off, children should be learning in school (even overseas), not working in a sweatshop. That’s why I want to make assembly local here in Denver. Secondly, children are impressed by what they see in the media, and parents don’t want their children exposed to anything scantily clad at a young age.

Looking for a way to save time and money. Suppose she is a banker wanting to hang with friends after work. Imagine she is at a phone booth changing from one outfit (business clothes) to the next outfit (clubbing clothes), and she is ready to rock-n-roll like Supergirl.

Saving time and money with one outfit, thinking about children, and catering to her figure…those are what inspires my line. That, and being able to give the female customer what she wants, instead of what’s thrown at her by the media (magazines) through my clothing surveys.

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver?

New York, LA, Paris and Milan had their moment to shine fashion-wise. Now, it’s Denver’s turn, seeing that work and play cross paths everyday.

What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why?

The ONEderkini, which is a one-piece center cutout swimsuit and leotard. Several reasons why it’s my favorite. One reason, like I said, the dress code for high school swim class. Second reason, a woman might want to show off her belly ring; not all one-pieces offer that feature, nor would a woman be comfortable in a two-piece. Third reason is saving her time going from gym to pool. That’s because the ONEdekrini works like a leotard, competitive swimsuit, workout shorts, workout tanks…all-in-one. While I use swimwear fabric on the outside, I use wickaway fabric for lining. When she wears the ONEderkini lifting weights at the gym, the wickaway lining blocks out sweat and eliminates odors. When she wears the same suit form gym to pool, wickaway also withstands chlorine, and all she has to do is rinse off the sweat in locker room showers.

3 Things if stranded on an island?

  • Supply of food and drinks
  • Big tent and sleeping bags
  • flares to signal a plane or boat

Sizzlin’ 7 Questions with featured bonanza designer Kristin Radakovits

Radwear by 

Kristin Rad and Brandi Shigley at Rumpus in the Park
Kristin and I at Rumpus in the Park

We are thrilled to have Kristin Radakovits and her beautiful leather designs at our 13th Anniversary fashion bonanza! I met Kristin at Rumpus in the Park at City Park where she had a booth set up with her amazing designs. She was one of the most colorful people at this already colorful event! She has been recovering from a pretty major ankle surgery and is finally ready to get back to to life at full speed! We are honored to have Kristin in our market!

Kristin Radakovits Radwear

What was your first memory of fashion inspiration that you can remember? 

Designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear
Designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear

When I was a little kid I used to watch the show Punky Brewster about the young girl who was abandoned by her parents and later adopted.  She was unconventional and definitely her own person when it came to style.  She wore bright primary colors, her hair in pigtails and often wore different colored socks with only one leg rolled up tied with funky bandanas and wore lots of layers of clothes.  I remember loving how she came up with her own original style at the early age of 8, the same age I was, and I too wanted to be “Punky” or “Funky” in my own style.

What motivated you to start your own fashion business? 

I have always loved music and art festivals while wearing interesting accessories to add to the self expression found there.  I started noticing however that I couldn’t find a shop at a festival that had the kind of items I liked to wear, including the pocket belts I had started making to help me carry my things. While wearing these belts many people began asking me to make them and these belts soon evolved into detailed custom leather pieces to help people enjoy a festival and everyday life with style as well as the freedom of open hands.  

Beautiful leatherwork by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear
Beautiful leatherwork by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear

Tell us one of your fashion icons or designer influences?

One of my designer influences is a woman by the name of Kelsey Fairey out of British Columbia.  I met her in my early 20s before I had learned to sew and she was selling her hats and burlesque style clothes at a Colorado Festival.  I put on a tuxedo tail coat made by her out of scrap material, an old doily and antique buttons. I immediately bought it, as well as a matching twisty wizard hat despite the fact that I had to use my rent money.  I loved her way of using recycled clothing to make something uniquely new and decided to learn to sew that day.  

What inspires your designs? 

My designs are inspired by functionality yet I try to put the “fun” in functionality.  This fun and inspiration is often found while shopping for treasure in the aisles of a thrift store.  It is there I find inspirational leathers or belt closure designs and think of ways to add stones, accessories, rivets and vintage buckles to make each belt as original and one of the kind as the person who wears it.

Beautiful leatherwork by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear
Beautiful leatherwork by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear

What are your thoughts about the fashion industry here in Denver? 

Since Denver is growing everyday by people moving here from all walks of life the fashion industry here is becoming an open minded melting pot that has a future capable of staying versatile and ever changing.  

What is one of your favorite pieces that you have ever designed and why? 

Our model Jesse wears this beautiful side pouch by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer. Paired with romper by Katy Belle
Our model Jesse wears this beautiful side pouch by designer Kristin Radakovits of Radwear. Photo by Nathan Leach-Proffer. Paired with romper by Katy Belle

One of my favorite pieces I have ever designed is a handmade black and white striped coat in which I attached a red leather heart with a zipper on it’s sleeve.  In this heart I keep “food for thought,” such as poems or fortunes that inspire your heart and mind.  I love to wear it because it is functional yet a great conversation starter when I ask, “Would you like a poem out of the heart on my sleeve?” 

3 Things if stranded on an island? 

  1. One of my Radwear Pocket Belts so I could carry and tie on stuff while using my hands to build. 
  2. A roll of very long rainbow twine.
  3. A long and sharp needle to sew leaves and bark together.

Find Kristin at http://www.radwear.com/ and come by her booth on June 16th! 

Nani Nalu Swimwear Boutique opens in Boulder

NANI NALU SWIMWEAR BOUTIQUE
COMING TO PEARL STREET MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
BOULDER, CO

Nani Nalu, a curated swim and resort wear boutique is making its debut on Pearl Street this Memorial Day Weekend. The store will be located at the west end of Pearl Street at 1048 Pearl Street, Suite #117, Boulder, CO, 80302.

Unique to the swimwear world, Nani Nalu staffs dedicated swim fit experts who are trained in fitting, styling and body positivity coaching, in order to help women find flattering swimwear for every body type. Appointments are available Monday-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Groups of five or more may schedule a private party free of charge.

Based out of Minnesota, the 2,600 square foot Pearl Street boutique will mark the third store for the Nani Nalu brand with locations in Kansas City, MO, and Edina, MN. In addition to bringing a unique in-store opportunity to the often stressful swimsuit shopping experience, the store will carry a variety of suit styles, accessories, cover-ups, dresses and more.

Nani Nalu enlisted veteran team member Katie Brandt, who previously worked at Nani Nalu’s store in Minnesota before moving to Boulder with her husband in 2015, to spearhead the new location. Brandt understands the emotional process women go through while trying to find the perfect suit and believes her team of trained consultants will help alleviate the stress women feel while shopping.

“I have seen plenty of women walk out of other swimsuit stores feeling defeated and hopeless, but our mission at Nani Nalu is to meet the customer wherever they are at and find something they are comfortable in and makes them looks great,” Brandt said of the opening. “We saw a void in the Boulder market for a thoughtful and fun swimsuit store and could not be more thrilled to add this experience to the retail scene on Pearl Street.”

ABOUT NANI NALU BEACHWEAR BOUTIQUE
Nani Nalu Beachwear Boutique has locations in Edina, MN, Kansas City, MO, and Boulder, CO. Nani Nalu offers a wide range of fashionable swimwear ranging from A-cup to G-cup and sizes 0-18. High-end quality products backed by superior customer care makes Nani Nalu a premiere swimwear shopping destination.

Walk-ins at Nani Nalu are welcome, but customers are encouraged to make a one-on-one appointment with a trained swimfit expert in advance for the optimal shopping experience. During the appointment, a Nani Nalu consultant works with the customer individually to select options from a curated collection of fashionable swimwear.

Nani Nalu is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appointments, which typically last around 90 minutes, are available beginning May 27 and can be made online at www.naninaluswim.com.

My adventure at Ella Bliss Beauty Bar

Last month I emceed Daybreaker Denver, an amazing morning dance party extravaganza. I thought, if I’m going to do this, I want to go the whole 9 yards, get my nails done and do something fun with my hair! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out Ella Bliss Beauty Bar on South Broadway, a place that I’ve driven by several times and finally got the chance to get pampered by their amazing crew.

When I first arrived, I was greeted by the friendly staff, offering me a drink and whatever I might need to make my stay comfortable. Besides being a beauty bar, they also have a BAR BAR… so you can cozy on up with a glass of wine, a cocktail, or something non-alcoholic, like tea or coffee while you have one of their many services done.

Ella Bliss crew on S. Broadway
Ella Bliss crew on S. Broadway

 

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Clementine’s Salon Unveils New Location in Stanley Marketplace

CONTACT:
Ashley Dennison
PRIM Communications
Ashley@primcommunications.com
303-552-7460

Clementine’s Salon Unveils New Location in Stanley Marketplace

Elegant and eclectic salon includes unique offerings for bridal parties, including full-time wedding coordinator and private event space.

Clementine’s Salon, a nationally-recognized salon offering expert hair, makeup and skincare services, today unveiled their new 3,200 square-foot location in Aurora’s Stanley Marketplace, at 2501 Dallas Street on the second level (Suite 269). The new salon was built and customized with bridal parties in mind, and features a private suite with three styling chairs and additional seating for friends, family and guests. An expert wedding coordinator is available full-time to schedule and manage onsite or offsite styling. 

 “We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the opening of our second location. Over the last five years, we’ve grown tremendously and this exciting expansion is the next step on our journey,” said co-founder Dani Everson. “We’ve developed a great reputation for our wedding and bridal styling, so I’m particularly excited to offer a unique space and expert services specially tailored to wedding parties.” 

Clementine’s original location was founded in 2011 by husband and wife Dani and John Everson in Denver’s Lower Highland (LoHi) neighborhood, on the corner of 33rd Avenue and Tejon Street. Named by ELLE Magazine as one of the top 100 hair salons in the country in 2012 and 2015, Clementine’s is known for its focus on continuous education for all stylists and staff. Founders Dani and John Everson regularly send their stylists to Bumble and Bumble University in New York and styling classes in Los Angeles, to provide customers with expert and on-trend services. Dani Everson also hosts onsite classes every six weeks to review new products, teach updo tutorials and showcase new styling techniques. 

“It’s impossible to provide exceptional hair and makeup styling without staying on top of the latest trends and techniques,” said Dani Everson. “Rigorous and ongoing training and education is how our stylists stay ahead of the curve, and keep our customers happy.”

 The new location in Stanley Marketplace is distinguished by its modern and inviting atmosphere. The thoughtful décor features a polished concrete floor and pops of pastel teal and orange. Wood finishes add a rustic touch to the space, while bohemian touches create a hip, eclectic vibe. 

In addition to its design, the new Clementine’s is differentiated by an expanded list of services that goes far beyond those of a typical salon – particularly in the realm of skincare. Clementine’s offers a 30 or 60-minute custom facial, expert chemical peels, full waxing services, and lash or brow tinting. The salon is also the only Denver-based provider of keratin lash lifts – a treatment widely praised by beauty experts for darkening and lifting lashes without adding false strands. And in addition to traditional haircuts, coloring and styling services, Clementine’s also offers balayage – hand-painted highlights for a softer and more diffused look. 

Stanley Marketplace, a 23-acre industrial space converted into a community-focused marketplace, began offering some services in December 2016. The marketplace features more than 50 independently-owned Colorado businesses – including eateries, shops, gyms, workspaces, breweries, event spaces and more. For wedding and bridal parties, Stanley Marketplace is a one-stop shop – offering an onsite florist, wine store and numerous restaurants – making it possible to arrange catering, order flowers, purchase spirits and complete hair styling in one convenient location. 

In addition to wedding and bridal party styling, the private event space at Clementine’s Stanley Marketplace location is also available for continuing education classes, traveling stylists, photo shoots, pre-event prepping, team-building events and private parties. The suite accommodates 10 to 15 people. 

To celebrate the launch, Clementine’s hosted a grand opening celebration at the new location on April 8, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This event was free and open to the public, and featured a DJ, braid bar, a nail technician from Base Coat Nail Salon, wine from The Infinite Monkey Theorem and hors d’oeuvres. The first 50 guests will receive a gift bag including items from Clementine’s product lines and gifts from other businesses at Stanley Marketplace. A raffle for free services will also be offered, including a free color/cut, a HydraFacial, items from Velvet Wolf, Sterre Denver, True Holistic Boutique, and more. Attendees can RSVP for the grand opening celebration on Facebook here

For more information about Clementine’s Salon’s locations, stylists and services, please visit clementinesdenver.com. To discuss your wedding or bridal party bookings, please email weddings@clementinesdenver.com 

About Clementine’s Salon

Founded in 2011 by Dani and John Everson, Clementine’s is a Denver-based salon offering expert hairstyling, hair care, makeup and skincare services. For haircare, Clementine’s is exclusively a Bumble and Bumble salon. Becca, Sara Happ, Sanitas, SkinCeuticals, Naturopathica products are used for makeup, skin care and lip care. Named among the top 100 hair salons in the nation (ELLE Magazine, 2012 and 2015), Clementine’s has two Colorado locations. Learn more at clementinesdenver.com

Shelly Schalamon designer of Lady Jane

Brandi Shigley
Brandi Shigley in Lady Jane by Shelly Schalamon

This past November, I had the honor to have a Shelly Schalamon create me a custom designed for the Colorado Aid’s Project Red Ball event! We had fun picking out fabric and turning my personality into an actual couture gown. My style is very playful and I like to change outfits multiple times in an evening. Shelly created me a dress that went from formal to fun, all in the whooosh of a removable skirt / train! It was so much fun to wear her design on the runway as I emceed the event and over the course of the evening, totally convert the look into something that I could jump into the arms of strong men in 🙂

I wanted to go into tap dancing because of the costumes. I loved dress up princess parties, I loved doing makeup too.  I wanted to be just like Betty Grable in  Moons over Miami and wear all of her beautiful clothes.
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2) You are self taught. When did you begin to teach yourself?
I was 10  or 11 when I made doll clothes and then in 5th grade, I was cast as one of the American girls in a play and I made myself a replica dress for the show. I also remember making a bikini as a teen and then eventually made a formal dress that I designed with a seamstress. I drew out the design and picked out the fabrics.
Now I do all the sewing myself but at the time a formal gown was beyond my expertise! 
3) How have your fashions evolved since you began?
Now, my designs are more sophisticated with more details.  I continue to learn every day! I’m drawn to make gowns and couture fashion. I like intricate things, beading, secret pockets, …the artistry of couture. Designing is like a painting with the fabric as my canvas.
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Photo by @Mikeconphotography, model Karley Porter
4) Who are your fashion inspirations?
Ralph and Russo , Marchesa & Elie Saab. Locally; Gino Velardi, Deedee Vicory, Carlos Melendez, Eddie Rickey, Anthony Heiman of Nicholas Anthony.
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Photo by @Mikeconphotography, model Karley Porter
5) How would you describe your personal style sense and the style of your designs?
Personal: Comfortable, classic, retro. I love dressing up and being girly when I go out on the town.
Designs: Classic and timeless, versatile and updated. I like to update old classics like creating a circle skirt but cut it down the middle.  I also love adding details like lace. I love the unexpected.
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Photography Alain camporiva Model Marlo Vernon
6) Where can we find your designs?
Contact directly on FB and Instagram
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TheLuxeDen at FROST

kendraBack in the mid-nineties, I used to snowboard on a small all women’s snowboarding team with Kendra Rostvedt. Kendra opened up a small snowboarding / skateboarding shop called Thrifty Stick and that soon expanded. It’s an honor to feature Kendra’s latest fashion endeavors at our 13th annual Fashion Denver fashion market FROST!

1) When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in fashion? Were you a child? What inspired you? 

I think my Sophomore year of high school I went all year (365 days) without wearing the same thing twice (I was an avid thrift store shopper otherwise I couldn’t have afforded that lol)  I was inspired with different styles, textures, pieces and colors and realized the world of clothing and fashion is much bigger that I ever imagined and I wanted to learn as much as I could about it.

2) Describe the pieces that you carry in your collection.

I mostly deal in closet staples.  I have various seasonal trend items as well but because I am very conscious of the body types and style preferences of my clients, I let them choose what they want to pursue when it comes to trend.

TheLuxeDen3) Who is your ideal customer? 

Any woman who wants to go in to her closet and know that whatever she chooses to put on her body from her closet, that the item that she chooses will fit her great and she can feel confident and secure knowing that she looks good even if it takes her 5 minutes to get dressed.

4) What do you think about the fashion industry here in Denver and how are you contributing to our fashion scene?

With all of the people moving into town from so many places I think the demand for what we have here in Denver is changing.  I believe that we, the fashion industry in Denver, seems to be a bit more conscious of what people need and want vs what we think they need and want based off of our own personal styles and wants.  I am contributing to the fashion scene by servicing my clients to the best of my ability and by giving them an array of options to pick and chose from to dress their bodies.  I believe I contribute to the scene by educating and helping individual clients express themselves through their clothing and by helping them appreciate their own bodies and their own style therefore inspiring them to be more into fashion.   

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5) What are you fashion goals for the next year? 

My goal always is to make each individual that I work with feel confident and secure in knowing that when they walk out the door that they can take on whatever challenges they have through the day more successfully because they feel confident in what they are wearing.  When you don’t, it makes a huge impact on your day.  That within itself goes a LOOONNGGG way.  My goal is do a lot more of helping individuals experience that feeling.